Iowa National Guard Airmen to Assist in Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery

Iowa National Guard (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Members of the Iowa National Guard are being sent to Puerto Rico to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Col. Greg Hapgood with the Iowa National Guard says Puerto Rico requested the help. Twenty-four airmen that are part of the Security Forces are leaving Des Moines Tuesday morning for Puerto Rico. They had originally been scheduled to leave Monday morning but severe weather in northwest Iowa, where the flight was originating from, caused a delay and they’ve missed their flight window for the day.

The forces being sent to Puerto Rico include eight members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard based out of Sioux City and 16 Security Forces members of the 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.

The airmen will assist the civilian security forces.

Hurricane Maria caused widespread devastation in Puerto Rico. There are food and water shortages, as well as flooding from damaged infrastructure, and no electricity.